Friday, November 15, 2013

Is Apple really going to release a curvy iPhone?

We're constantly bombarded by spurious "rumours" that Apple is poised on the brink of releasing this-that-or-the-other. If all of them came true, my iPad would be unlocked with an iris scanner and by rights, I should have been wearing an iWatch for at least the past 7 years or so...

I would have taken the rumours about curvy iPhone screens with similar barrels of salt were it not for the fact that one of the reports comes from Bloomberg. This doesn't mean that they're perfect at checking and vouching for their sources, but probably better than some other random student-grown web sites.

So, is a curvy iPhone really what the universe wants right now and would Apple make one? As the Bloomberg article points out, a curved form factor for a mobile phone isn't unprecedented. But I would posit that it's of dubious utility overall: yes, it may fit your face better, but most of the time, your phone is essentially an information presentation and manipulation device nowadays, not a device for making telephone calls. Is a curved screen really the thing you need to read a word document or play Elephants vs Zombies?

Unlike other manufacturers, Apple have the issue of homogeneity: this year they took the brave step of releasing two iPhone models and the market is letting them know what they think of their green plastic iPhone accordingly. But is it really a viable option to roll out a separate line with a curved screen? (They presumably wouldn't take the gamble of releasing a curved form factor across the board.)

So, I'm skeptical but as ever, prepare myself to be proven dismally wrong...

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